Enable or Disable History and Favorites Suggestions in Edge Address Bar

How to Enable or Disable History and Favorites Suggestions in Edge Address Bar

Microsoft Edge now allows you to include or exclude favorites, history entries, and other browsing data from suggestions you see when typing in the address bar of the browser. The appropriate option is now available in the privacy section of  Edge's settings.


Microsoft Edge is now a Chromium-based browser with a number of exclusive features like Read Aloud and services tied to Microsoft instead of Google. The browser has already received a few updates, with support for ARM64 devices in Edge Stable 80. Also, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium and Edge Chromium latest roadmap. Finally, interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android. Windows 7 users will receive updates until July 15, 2021.

By default, Microsoft Edge shows entries from history, favorites, and other browsing data when you type in the address bar. Microsoft has added a new toggle option to Settings that allows excluding this information from suggestions. I am having this option in Edge Canary (see the list of actual Edge versions below).

To Enable or Disable History and Favorites Suggestions in Edge Address Bar

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click on the Settings button (Alt + F) and select Settings from the menu.Microsoft Edge Chromium Settings Menu Item
  3. On the left, click on Privacy and services.Edge Privacy And Services In Settings
  4. Scroll down the right side to the Address bar item, and click on it.Microsoft Edge Address Bar In Settings
  5. On the next page, turn on (defaults) or off the toggle option Show me suggestions from history, favorites and other data on this device using my typed characters for what you want.Edge Disable History Favorites Suggestions In Address Bar

You are done.

If you have updated the Edge browser to the latest Canary version, but do not see the above option, check out the new flag that controls visibility of the option. Try to set it to Enabled, as follows.

Add or remove the 'Show me suggestions from history, favorites and other data...' option from Settings

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following line to the address bar: edge://flags/#edge-local-providers-toggle.
  3. Select one of the following values from the drop-down list next to the 'Enable local providers toggle' option.Edge Add History Favorites Suggestions Option To Settings
    • Enabled - show the option in Settings.
    • Disabled - remove the option from Edge's settings.
    • Default - In my case it is same as Enabled, e.g. the option is visible by default.
  4. Restart the browser when prompted.

You are done.

Actual Edge Versions

Download Microsoft Edge

You can download pre-release Edge version for Insiders from here:

Download Microsoft Edge Insider Preview

The stable version of the browser is available on the following page:

Download Microsoft Edge Stable

Note: Microsoft has started delivering Microsoft Edge to users of Windows via Windows Update. The update is provisioned for users of Windows 10 version 1803 and above, and replaces the classic Edge app once installed. The browser, when delivered with KB4559309, makes it impossible to uninstall it from Settings. Check out the following workaround: Uninstall Microsoft Edge If Uninstall Button is Grayed Out.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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